School lunches. Special education grants. Training for teachers and support for families in need. Census results, and the programs and resources tied to them, affect our students every day. A complete headcount of everyone living in the country, the census only comes around once every 10 years, and the time to be counted — and to make sure your community receives its fair share of federal funding for schools — is coming. This month, every person living in Utah will take part in the 2020 Census. It’s possible to respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail starting March 12. It takes only 10 minutes, the information is kept strictly confidential, and if you don’t have access to a computer at home, we can help. Join us for “We Count Week,” March 16-20, and come complete the census at one of four Canyons District-sponsored Open House events. https://www.canyonsdistrict.org/district-news/item/12447-the-2020-census-is-coming-make-sure-you-re-counted
Our service project was finished this week. Student Council members put the cleaning kits together. There were also some extra supplies that will be sent that were not part of complete kits. Granite families donated enough supplies for 74 complete cleaning kits for refugee families. We appreciate all of you who supported this great cause. Thank you!
March is the month of "Green Means Go!"
- Get a boost from omegas in your diet.
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
- Get daily exercise.
- Boost Vitamin D by getting at least 20 minutes of natural sunlight per day.
- Honor your internal clock…getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Drink more water, replacing electrolytes when needed.
- De-stress with yoga or gentle stretching daily.
Parking Lot: Please Help
Please remember that we do not allow students to cross the parking lot without an adult. If you pick up or drop off your student and need to use the parking lot, you must park your car and escort them. Our parking lot is busy and it is not safe to allow our students to cross without an adult. Thank you for your cooperation.
The last basic to cover during “the talk” about digital safety is:
STAND UP FOR OTHERS.
If someone’s getting bullied or picked on, speak up, report it, or reach out.
Younger kids: Make sure kids know they can come to you for help. Teach them how to flag misbehavior. Ask: What would you do if you saw someone being mean online or in a game?
Older kids: Give kids tools to use in a crisis. Ask: If someone was being mean to you online, what would you want your friends to do? Do you know how to flag or report bullying on a social network or in a multiplayer game?
Boundaries With Kids
Here are a few words from authors Cloud and Townsend. Lesson number one in parenting and life is “growth involves pain.” Lesson number two is “not all pain produces growth.” Learning to tell the difference is the key to having someone stay on the bottom, or grow past where he or she is. The parent who hears every cry or complaint as the ultimate concern will never develop boundaries and character in the child. When your children cry about homework, chores, or a missed opportunity because they did not do their part, what are you going to do? How you answer this question will have a tremendous effect on the course of your child’s life. Cloud and Townsend. (1998). Boundaries with Kids. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan.
Valentine’s day was a big success! Students shared friendship and fun at their parties. Our awesome volunteers make our parties the best!
UPDATE • THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
As a preventive measure, in alignment with recommendations by health authorities who are working to control the spread of COVID-19, we have postponed all fifth-grade Maturation Programs. We hope to be able to reschedule these events or arrange to videotape the presentations and share it with parents through a password-protected link. Once we’ve finalized our contingency plans, we’ll send an email with further instructions to all fifth-grade families.
It’s difficult to know who has more trepidation about discussing health and the maturation process, pre-teens or their parents. But while growing up can be hard, talking about it needn’t be. To help you rock “the talk,” Canyons School District has developed an informational maturation program for fifth-grade students and their parents. Presentations conducted by the professional speaker Carrie Ann Kemp have been scheduled through the month of March. All parents are encouraged to attend these free events with their children, and to choose which date best fits their schedules, so that they can continue the discussion in their homes. Please follow this link for event locations and times.